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, president obama in the middle east waiting for proof that syria has used chemical weapons. if he gets it, will he use military force? >>> the beast breaks down. president obama's armored limo can with stand a chemical attack but apparently not. the wrong kind of fuel. and critics are calling for him to come back to earth. but the house budget chairman paul ryan pushes ahead with his plan to balance the nation's books with major spending cuts. he'll join us live this hour. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room. . >>> it may be president obama's first official visit to israel but all eyes right now are on syria. the president says he's trying to find out if the damascus regime has crossed a u.s. red line by using chemical weapons against syrians. >> we intend to investigate thoroughly exactly what happened. obviously, in syria right now you've got a war zone. you have information that's filtered out but we have to make sure that we know exactly what happened. we know that there are those in the syrian government who have expressed a willingness to use chemical weapons if necessar
of chemical weapons in syria and now we have the quote, this is president obama from august 20th, 2012. he said we can not have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people. we've been very clear to the assad regime but also to other players on the ground that is a red line for us. if we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized that would change my calculus said president obama in 2012. we will get reaction from the white house on this that will come at about ten: 30 as we get a closer look what is going on in syria. let's look at some of the known chemical weapons capabilities. it is estimated that sir was ha several tons of must -- mustard gas and nerve agents. they have 600 warheads capable of delivering those chemical agents. syria has an estimated 50 sites associated with their chemical weapons program. this is obviously big news. as the president said in the past this could change the calculus of this situation, bill. bill: martha, this is a war that has gone on for two years. this is the region
: with germany and britain? president obama said the syria is not just a problem of the united states, but for the entire world. it is difficult for the united states to explain how it is staying on the sidelines and providing humanitarian support when there is a crisis of this magnitude going on. it will be increasingly more difficult to stay on the sidelines with the europeans pushing for more. there has arikat, been discussion as to what the chemical weapons were used in science syria. in a news over the last 48 hours -- used inside syria. last 48 hours?he hasstate department no evidence to show that the syrian government or the opposition -- there have been opposition -- accusations on both sides about using chemical weapons. there has been no evidence of that. the united nations is leading an effort to determine whether chemical weapons have been used. there are all kinds of technical things involved. they need to conduct these experts to determine if it is by a examination or looking at injuries to determine whether chemical weapons have been used. we have been told by people in
said he was too busy. president obama and netanyahu were busy watching developments in syria where rebels claim their president used chemical weapons on their own people. president obama says he's skeptical asaud used chemical weapons. >> we have been clear that the use of chemical weapons guess against the syrian people would be a mistake. >> by the way, netanyahu agrees with president obama on sear yeah. rear conservatives tried to use our relationship with israel to grab votes. they accused president obama of not getting it. and some called him the most antiisrael president in history. bb set the record straight. >> i want to thank you for the investment you've made in our relationship and strengthening the alliance quebetween our countries. the president has reaffirmed more than any other president, israel's right and duty to defend itself against any threat. so it's a pro found honer to host you, the leader of the free world, at this historic time in our ancient capital. welcome to israel. >> let's turn to policy analyst for the center for american progress. let me start with
for president obama to begin air strikes in syria. that as we try to figure out whether somebody inside syria has already used weapons of mass murder. >> the rebels say the government unleashed the chemical weapons. the regime leaders claim they are the real victims here. now, an international investigation into a possible crime against humanity. the apollo rockets brought mankind to the moon. but the rocketd engines fell back to earth. tonight, the mission to recover them from the ocean depth. and animal abuse caught on camera. now, a beach closed down because of what workers saw these women doing to some seals. with or without food. my doctor recommends citracal maximum. it's all about absorption. ♪reflective guitar♪ tony stewart: time teaches you things. you learn to look up to people with the courage to do what they love. that it's more than just a living, it's life. and in that time i've found that's the difference between leaders and everyone else. you'll have to pay five hundred bucks for your deductible. the truth? at allstate, you could pay zero. allstate gives you a hundred doll
, president obama has made it clear that his red line in syria is the use or movement of chemical weapons. what specifically will he do if that has happened, the administration has not said, but i can tell you that one option they are weighing is to arm the rebel forces in syria. senators mccain and graham have said that this administration should move forward with that if it is, in fact, confirmed that chemical weapons were used. but martin, right now, the administration being very careful with its wording because there is no confirmation that chemical weapons were, in fact, used. having said that, they are quite disturbed by the increase in violence and ongoing violence. they continue to call for assad to step down. >> i assume, kristen, prime minister netanyahu is going to press the president on syria as much as he will on the issue of iran, given developments today. >> reporter: absolutely. syria, iran, i think that president obama when he speaks to prime minister netanyahu will go there with the intent of making it very clear that the united states is committed to preventing iran fro
mean? psychology plays a big role in this. >> the question is, is obama going to be persuaded to go into syria, and can netanyahu convince him to move militarily against iran. that's the big stuff. the bon ame -- >> if they get the wrong drift in the level. >> the bon ame is to get to the big stuff. >> i think that pat is exactly right, how far obama is willing to go to put his money where his mouth is on helping israel. at this point that all looked well and good but i don't see him going far enough. >> eleanor, quickly. >> this is a gap between them on syria. i think netanyahu is just as wary of entering syria, but it did not prevent the president from going over netanyahu's head and talking to the israeli public, and there is a gap between what the people want and what the leaders want. >> here's what i want to know about syria, is do they have chemical weapons. >> they've got 'em. >> did you see that intriguing report, for a reporter who has been over there for years, reported on this for the independent, which i believe is an english newspaper, now available on your computer, w
in that particular meeting. but for the next two days, the talks between obama and the 10 yahoo will center on what are seen as shared fears, shared interest -- talk between obama fearstanyahu, on shared -- iran developing a nuclear weapon and a situation in syria which is seen very much as a threat to stability. these will be the issues that will dominate the discussion. is a the studio with me senior political analyst. mike was sending the main ground that these two leaders want to syria.ill be iran and there is a difference in opinion as to how imminent a threat iran and its nuclear program is. are they going to be able to find common ground here? >> yes, it is about how imminent in the threat, and even more important, how to deal with it. president obama insists it will be america that will call the shots on iran and not israel. that is a row, even if it has the right to act on its own defense security, it would be america that has its back -- israel, even if it has the right to act on its own defense security. it does it will be america who decides what goes on and how iran will be handled and
it will take to keep america's children safe from further massacres much. >>> plus, president obama, tensions rising throughout the region. is iran now the greatest threat? >> our policy is to prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. >> will syria's civil war spill over? >> assad's regime must understand they will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists. >> the president's one-time middle east peacemaking. is now the time to kiss and make up? >>> this is "piers morgan live". you've heard a lot of heated debate on this show on both sides. tonight i'm going to talk to five men who probably know more than most of us about guns and in particular the aftermath of the atrocity of newtown. they're police chiefs in and around newtown. all of them having experience and trauma of that terrible day at sandy hook elementary school. sadly, the toll of guns doesn't end there. tom clements was gunned down in the doorway of his home last night, hours before governor john hicken loafer signed new gun control legislation. >>> plus, something special tonight. we
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. the situation here in syria is sure to come up tomorrow. president obama makes his first trep to israel since moving into the white house. the president will be just over 300 miles from where these chemical weapons might have been used in syria when he arrives in tel aviv. you can see the proximity here. no main announcements are planned during this visit. mideast leaders obama will immediate with include netanyahu, mahmoud abbas and king abdullah of jordan. >>> so you thought the election season was over. huh-uh. it is primary day in south carolina, folks. i'm talking low country. you see it right there. this state's first congressional district anchored by charleston and what a cast of characters this little race for congress. you have a man known as the former governor of the appalachiap ppa lash shap trail. the son of a certain media mogul, and you've also got the sister of a very famous funny man. and don't to get this, we're talking about south carolina. home of kamikaze style politics. this is an old fashioned street fight why a state where they all intersect. john avalon, piece choini
in 2007. israel wants to get rid of all advanced weapons in syria. so when-- if obama were to send in more advanced weapons to the rebels, i think this would make israelis nervous. and that's one of the constraints that i think weighs on him in his deliberations about whether to get more deeply involved in the situation. >> could i just go back and contradict or challenge one or two assertions. i don't think it's a big problem for president obama to start sending arms to the opposition. if anything, he may have reached a point where it's a bigger problem if he doesn't. it's a hard position to say we're not going get involved this against the backdrop of genocide and the strategic-- it's hard for the president to argue he's going to do nothing. i actually think it's the less difficult path, and i think it's a question of when not if the administration moves in that direction. we've been creeping towards it, various forms of nonlethal aid-- quote, unquote. this is going to happen. secondly, the israelis, yes, they're corporated about weapons going into syria. they're more concerned, quite ho
on issues like syria, like the israeli/palestinian peace agreement as well. mr. obama's first journey to israel as president, first foreign trip in his second term started with a warm greeting wednesday. meanwhile, in ramallah thursday, the president criticized israeli settlement activity on the west bank and then a news conference with palestinian president, mahmoud abbas, president obama urged the palestinians to renew the peace talks n a televised address the president did his best to appeal to youngsomes to change the ways of the past and work toward creating an independent and viable palestine. i want to bring in nbc's martin fletcher in tel aviv from ramallah on the west bank. diane know bhutto, negotiator for the palestinian lib rainian organization. mark reg give, chief spokesman for prime minister benjamin netanyahu and in washington, ambassador dennis ross, former middle east envoy for president obama. good to see all of you. thanks so much for being here with us. mark, i want to start with us, israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, apologized to turkey friday for that
settlements. peace between israelis and palestinians look as far off as ever. during obama's visits, militants in gaza fired rockets into israel. no one was hurt. >> in syria, the violence continued through the week. on thursday, a suicide bombing in damascus killed at least 40 people, including one of the most prominent sunni supporters of president bashar al-assad. clerk was preaching in a mosque when the bomb went off, sheikh mohammad al-bouti. he was well-known in in syria for his televised sermons. the head of the kurdish militant group, the pkk, called for peace with turkey. he is in a turkish jail, but his statement was read out to supporters. >> we are at the point where weapons should be silenced, and ideas should be spoken. a new era has begun. >> he called for his fighters to pull out of turkey. he has been engaged in months for talks -- four months in talks with the turkish government. >> i think this is a very positive approach. it is a very positive appeal. what is most important is how far this will be of limited -- implement it. >> -- implemented. >> if it holds, it will mean t
the president's visit will restart mid east peace talks. >>> syria a big topic. president obama said the u.s. is still investigating the report that chemical weapons were used in yesterday's attack in aleppo that killed 25. at this time the president says he is deeply skeptical. he did add if either side of the syrian war does use chemical weapons it would be a quote game changes. cyprus is looking towards russia for a life line. the island country is asking for a huge low interest loan. cyprus searching for another solution after the parliament rejected plan a yesterday, raise money by taxing up to 10% of people's savings accounts. cyprus needs $20 billion to avoid bankruptcy and the country needs to raise $7 billion of it on its own in order to secure another $13 billion from them. >>> thank you. new tonight at 6:00. five former elected officials in the southern california city of bell have been convicted of multiple counts of misappropriating public funds. the scandal broke out in 2010 when it was revealed that the small city's mayor and several council members were using public money t
on to possibly deal with syria's chemical weapons, all issues on the table when president obama walks off air force one there. this first part of the trip, though, when he was back here in israel can largely be seen as win a hearts and meendz of the israeli people. when president obama showed up here, only about 10% of israelis decided they liked him, and he decided he was going to go right to the israeli public, and that was a big speech he gave yesterday in which it wasn't so much what he said, but how he said it; the things he said about iran, about a palestinian state were all things we had heard before, but this time he told it inside the israeli narrative, using a lot more empathy towards israel, not so much preaching saying i'm here to help israel. in fact, in many ways that worked. if you look at the front pages of the israeli newspapers today, all offered a lot of praise here for president obama and his trip. and this is the main newspaper, the e equivalent of the aye tims here in israel, and it quotes him saying tell your leaders to make peace, his vision of an israeli/palestinian r
.com. >>> president obama touching down shortly in israel. the historic trip comes with a new urgency. claims of syria is using chemical weapons on its own people grow louder. >>> new information this morning in the plot to kill at a college campus and the roommate who may have prevented a massacre now speaking out. >>> and a stunning upset from national champions to losers in the first round. can you believe it? the can't miss low lights of the kentucky game. welcome back to "early start," everyone. i'm poppy harlow in for john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. developing this morning, president obama touches down in tel aviv in just under an hour. there is a new sense of urgency to his historic middle east visit this morning because there is growing concern that the syrian government has used chemical weapons on its own people near the northern city. sarah sidener is live from jerusalem. what was the president's mission in israel and how do the developments in syria potentially change his agenda? >> reporter: well, look, the problem of the chemical weapons in syria has been high on the agenda any
clear the chemical weapons were recently used in syria, but at the same time, the obama administration says, there is no evidence to support that there was a chemical attack. so you're talking about they're at odds on these other issues. they're at odds on syria as well it sounds like? >> i think we don't know enough facts about what happened. the assad regime claimed the opposition used chemical weapons. the opposition claimed the assad regime used them. our ambassador in syria, by the way is in washington, there was no chemical weapons attack at all. here is the bottom line for the united states. these weapons can not be allowed to exit syria. they can in the be allowed to get out of the country to fall into the happened of al qaeda or other terrorist groups to be used against the united states. melissa: what are the odds of that happening? >> i think they're high. i think the assad regime is in disarray. we can not have confidence. they continue it have command-and-control over those chemical weapons. it has been a goal of al qaeda for decades to get weapons of mass destruction and
remains committed to peace and the solution of two states. >> president obama met with him at the prime minister's private residence. focusing on peace between israelis and palestinians along with preventing iran from developing a nuclear weapon. >>> president obama also spoke today about the situation in syria saying he is skeptical of claims by the government that rebel forces have used chemical weapons. they've ause caused each other of using such weapons yesterday. 31 people died in the most recent fighting. president obama says the u.s. is investigating to see if any chemical weapons were used. >>> the federal reserve said stimulus is still needed. the economy has become stronger after a pause late last year. more needs to be done. he says as long as inflation remains mild he plans to keep short term interest rates at record lows until unemployment falls to 6.5% and that's not expected to happen until 2015. >>> on wall street the comments helped drive the markets higher. the dow closed up almost 56 points. the nasdaq was up 25. the s&p was up more than 10 points. >>> growing concer
of iran and syria. no doubt, the obama white house will have to be dealing with. >> he is back wanting to deal with domestic issues including gun control. after sandy hook we all understood there was a narrow window to get change, meaningful change in terms of gun laws. what has happened now in terms of the assault weapons ban, and where all this goes? >> well, the question is whether the moment is effectively lost. i think that's a real question inside the white house among democrats and gun control supporters. the assault weapons ban will get a vote, but it's not going to pass. the big focus is on background checks, and the big political focus is not going away. i sat down with new york city mayor michael bloomberg who talked about his own big push to spend money to target lawmakers. he has taken names based on how they vote on the assault weapons ban. >> i think i have a responsibility, and i think you and all of your viewers have responsibilities to try to make this country safer for our families and for each other. we've spent $12 million on running ads in ten states around the co
obama defending his refusal to help the rebels in syria. we are back now with the panel. the president is continuing -- and i was thinking how to describe it, half in, half out policy with regard to the civil war in syria. he is expanding training and expanding intelligence support for the secular rebels but this at a time while the al-mazraa front of rebels, jihadist, seems to be strengthening and the bloodshed continues. speaker gingrich, it is a tough issue. what is the right answer. >> i think we have a massive bipartisan failure extending now over a decade to be honest how hard the problem is. it is all going to be a worse, in libya, egypt, syria, worse in iraq, it is going to be worse in iran -- >> what should the president do, intervene militarily and set up a possibility for jihadist rebels. >> that is the problem. we have no national strategist and we haven't begun the debate how we'll live in a world where people -- talk about peace process. which is an insanity. the president, the morning he arrives rockets are fired into israel and we blithely talk about a peace process as
to some alarming news in syria. reports of a chemical weapons attack in the country's second largest city. it confirmed this -- if confirmed it would be a real game changer and if it crosses president obama's red line and could impact of hundreds of millions of dollars of aid we give to syria. details are still coming in. the state department has not confirmed the allegation chemical weapons were used. we have the president and founder of the arican islamic forum for democracy. always nice to have you. let me ask you, how serious is this? how big of a deal is it? >> as we've been saying for almost two years now, no conflict has been worse in the world than what is going on in syria. assad's regime will stop at nothing. i have a family in aleppo. while they're safe there are millions of aleppo and all over syria are at risk. i think this may have been a trial balloon. we talk to some of our network physicians, we were skyping, a friend of mine was skyping at the hostile that received injured. it was clear that they had injuries with probably chemical related, pupils and broncho restriction
president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu hold a historic news conference in jerusalem. there are lots of conflicting reports today about a possible chemical weapons attack in syria and we are told that will be one of the top issues that we'll hear about right here in the next 50 minutes. and welcome to "america live," i'm megyn kelly. right now, president obama and the israeli prime minister are meeting behind closed doors. we expect to hear them both within the hour. the president's trip comes at a dangerous time for the jewish state and the entire region. to israel's west, questions about the muslim brotherhood and political stability in egypt. and to the east, syria, in the grips of an allout civil war and just 24 hours ago we received reports that chemical weapons may have been used against one side or the other. and of course, there is the constant threat from iran which president obama himself warned could be less than a f having a nuclear weapon. so as we await this historical-making news conference we want to check in with our own leland vittert live with the h
. president obama stopped in jordan today where he met with king abdullah. they held a joint news conference today. and syria was the main topic. syria's civil war has pushed about 460-thousand refugees across jordan's borders. the king says that number will probably double by the end of the year. president obama says he will try to get an additional 200-million dollars in aid to help jordan. the justice department will offer states more than $20- million-dollars -- aimed at strengthening the background checks when people buy guns. the money will help state officials to share more information.among other things. congress is debating whether to expand the background check system.which applies only to sales by federally licensed gun dealers. it does not apply to private transactions at gun shows or online purchases. >> and it was a fantastic friday today. temperatures in the lower 70's in napa. 60s and oakland. san jose, 67 degrees. concord also to the lower 70's. temperatures right now are cooling down quite a bit and fairly comfortable. mountain view, 57 degrees. napa cooling down to 55 degr
the war in afghanistan and dealing with tensions in iraq, syria, and the middle east. >> ifill: then, we update the movement on immigration reform, as president obama uses a citizenship ceremony to prod congress to send him a bill.
climb a tree and does not like losing. >>> "morning joe" and obama administration tells them not to have flights leave with represents over syria. where so many have given their lives. ? to boldly go where no one has gone before. >> an irs ad. why your tax dollars went toward a "star trek" parody. more on that video when "way too early" comes right back. vo: from the classic lines to the elegant trim in each and every piece, bold will make your reality a dream. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ we, we chocolate cross over. ♪ yeah, we chocolate cross over. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing fiber one 80 calorie chocolate cereal. ♪ chocolate. >>> all right. let's hit the water cooler. watch how the irs prepares for tax season. a "star trek" themed parody video starring irs employees was apparently filmed to help train workers at a leadership conference back in 2010 paid for with your tax dollars. >> back in russia i dreamed someday i'd be rich and famous. >> me too. that's why i became a public servant. >> what is it? >> i just received an emergency medica
peace talks but very preoccupied about the unstable state of the wider region. what mr. obama will hear from his israeli counterparts is israel is very jittery. they are preparing for a fallout as syria disintegrates and hezbollah rearms. >> we are getting ready to shoot back and to be much more aggressive or much more decisive in this war in order to make this war and as quick as possible. mereve years ago as a presidential candidate, barack obama net and family rebuilding their home after a rocket attack from gaza. whatever impact he made then has long worn off. >> he says he is like any other color vision but acknowledges he has been a very good friend to israel. and a difficult trip. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, pope francis celebrates his first public mass as leader of the catholic church, showing signs of changes to come already. just six months after being shot in the head by the taliban today, a girl returns to school. targeted for campaigning to get girls the same rights and was back inmallalah the classroom in britain. she said she missed her class
conference. >> bret: i would attribute that to rhetoric. look, obama understands that with what is happening around israel, egypt in hands of the brotherhood, rockets landing today from gaza, chemical weapons probably loose in syria. hezbollah on the northern border. and iran today announcing it would destroy tel aviv if there is an israeli attack. in that kind of uncertainty and hostility, no way they could be asks to take risks today. number one priority is iran, number two is syria. >> bret: last thing on iran. he reiterated iran must not get a nuclear weapon. and cannot be contained. peres said america is looking for peace but if somebody threatens peace america is not a chicken. >> this whole conversation, i don't see thissed are call shift that you are portraying. israel go beyond the border and occupy other's hands i think a lot of people thought what illegitimate -- >> that is not what he said today. >> he said he doesn't view them as a central obstacle to peace. before. softer line than he >> softener saying let's not focus where we disagree. in terps of iran i don't think there has
, sir. >> thank you. >> greta: and today, president obama saying the u.s. is investigating whether chemical weapons have been used in syria. we asked senator lindsey graham whether the u.s. should do anything else in syria. >> in syria, you think it's time? >> the day after assad leaves, the biggest fear is where do the chemical weapons go? remember what happened in libya? all of these weapons are in the middle east. when assad falls we need an international coalition and we'll be part of it to secure the ten or 12 weapons sites that have the weapons. if we don't control those chemical weapons we'll be in real trouble down the road. >> the countries, many have war fatigue. >> yes. >> when you raise the thoughts of boots on the ground in syria, most people chills go up their spine. >> i totally get it. here is what i hope we're not tired of, defending ourselves against weapons of mass destruction. and the question for the american people at large, who gets the weapons when assad falls, radical islamists or control them so we make sure they're not in the bad guy's in general. i'm sor
the comment on syria is essentially the time lines -- >> but barack obama doesn't go to the capitol until it's in his best interest. why would he go to israel unless he was being told he needed to come over there because of iran? >> well, on iran, he got netanyahu to essentially move much closer to his time line. they push the issue into 2014 yesterday. i think the lead story out of yesterday. he got the help there. barack obama banked something yesterday. he invested, if you will, he met b.b. halfway when he didn't have to and it will help him in the long run in managing this relationship. this relationship has changed the last couple of months because of the political fortunes of b.b. went down or barack obama went up. so barack obama was gracious. he went there but in the funny sort of way it shifted. >> as much as the israel relationship is important to the united states, it is the case that we are the dominant partner in this bilateral relationship always because of the security we led israel and amount of foreign aid we give israel and the defense cooperation, all of that stuff. so it
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members in the future. >>> we reported at the top of newscast will president obama's trip to israel and while speaking with reporter addressed reports of chemical weapons being used in syria's civil war. more from alex marquart. >> chaos in the hospital. men women and children on respirators as family members wailed. in this brutal war, this appears tomatoes have bee to h. a rocket slammed into a neighborhood in alepo held by the syrian army. >> i felt my chest close. i couldn't breathe or speak this little girl cried. i lost my mother, father and brother. the syrian regime accused the rebels of launching the rock o coat and called for an international investigation. the rebels blame the regime. israel said today there is no doubt chemical weapons were used in the attack but president obama tonight wasn't so quick to agree. >> we intend to investigate thoroughly exactly what happened. >> reporter: it does not appear that the chemical in question was one of those most fear ared in the arsenal. mustard gas or the deadly nerve agent viex and sarin. president obama did say he was deeply
of michigan, and there's growing evidence that chemical weapons have been used and rogers says president obama himself says that the use of chemical weapons in syria will be a game changer. >> i think it's abundantly clear that the red line has been crossed. absolutely. in the senate, a democrat and republican coming out and we better do that. in the house, republicans and democrats saying we better do something. >> he doesn't want what he calls a big boots on the ground, but something small could make a difference. >> harris: thank you. a spectacular sight at the vatican today. ♪ pope francis leading thousands of catholic faithful on this palm sunday for mass. he took time to remind the crowd to remain humble and loyal to god. palm sunday is the final sunday of lent and leads up to the holeiest day on the calendar, easter. right now investigators trying to piece together how two skydivers on a dream vacation and something going wrong in the air. and millions of you are feeling it right now and that's before you head out on your morning commute tomorrow. we're watching a huge storm system wi
and the explosive situation in syria and the potential of the chemical weapons. quite frankly this region has become so much more dangerous since president obama became president and certainly he's there and all those issues will be on the table. i'm glad they're meeting, frankly. because i think he really needs to get this policy perspective and, the view of the israelis in view of what is around them and how volatile this region is and i hope they would be very frank with, with president obama as they american policy unstated, disengaging from this region. so my concern for the american people is the fact that this region is becoming to much more dangerous, much more volatile and the radical islamists are trying to acquire nuclear weapons. i agree with ambassador bolton. i'm absolutely convinced in my contacts with people inside the administration he, we do have an unstated policy of containment. jenna: on iran? >> do not intend to use military weapons against iran, yes, quite frankly. jenna: aaron, i would like you to weigh in on this as well as someone that advised both republican and democratic
the attack. president obama has made clear in the past that in his view, the use of chemical weapons by either side in syria would change the rules for our involvement in syria. chief washington correspondent james rosen is live from the white house with more. >> the pentagon has been more definitive than the white house telling us they have yet no confirmation, no confirmation that chemical weapons have been used by either side in the syrian civil war, it was syrian state-run television that first made the allegation, broadcasting images purporting to show the victims of the chemical attack being treated near the syrian border. assadd blamed the rebels and the white house stated there is no evidence the rebels used such weapons and the officials here are deeply skeptical of such claims by the regime. >> i can tell you that we are assessing the reports about the possible use of chemical weapons, as well as the reports about the origins of possible chemical weapons in syria. and no other about our judgments on that. i can tell you that we're evaluating it. >> and assad has used scud
.com/interview. >>> president obama is wrapping up his last day in jordan tonight. the king expressed concerns about the civil war in syria. he says the small country is taking in 7,000 refugees every day. 460,000 in the past two years. president obama has pledged millions of dollars in aid. mr. obama answered a question from the audience about why the u.s. hasn't used force against the regime. >> the united states often finds itself in a situation where if it goes in military then it is criticized and if it doesn't then people say why aren't you. >> earlier in the the day the president visited the church of the nativity with palestinian leader. the holocaust memorial with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. before president obama left israel diplomatic kudos to him. he was able to persuade netanyahu to apologize. the two allies have had an icy relationship. >>> small airports are being forced to close the air traffic control as the latest fallout in the sequester cuts. the faa has ordered 149 control towers to shut down beginning in just the next couple of weeks. most of our local airports were spare td. sacr
and if it doesn't people say why aren't you doing something military. >> chris: president obama in the middle east defending his rehe fusal to take direct mill tare arery action to help the rebels in syria. we are back with the panel. the president is continue and i was thinking how describe is the half in half out policy with regard to the civil war if syria. expanding training and intelligence support for the secular rebels but this while the islamic jihaddists seem to be strengthening and the blood shed continues. tough issue. what is the right answer? >> i think we have a massive bipartisan failure extending over a decade. i think it will get worse in libya and egypt and syria. it will get worse in iraq. get worse in iran. it going to get worse in afghanistan. >> chris: do we he intervene militarily and then set up the possibility for the jihaddist rebels. >> that is the problem. we have no national strategy. we haven't begun the debate how will you live in the world where you have people, talk about the peace process which is an insanity. the morning he arrives there are rockets fire inside i
. and then there's some serious issues, not only syria, but the reality is if barack obama doesn't want to be the american president on whose watch iran gets a nuclear weapon and on whose watch the two-state solution to the israeli-palestinian problem expires, he's going to have to find a way to work with netanyahu. and by the way, vice versa, because the prime minister bears a lot of responsibility for the soap opera that has been the u.s./israeli relationship. >> let's talk about iran and nuclear weapons. there's these stringent like terrible sanctions now placed on iran but that doesn't seem to be stopping the country from developing a nuclear weapon, so what can israel or the united states do now? i mean what will the -- if we could be a fly on the wall, what are they discussing as an option? >> look, i think the president is telling the prime minister that they have done about all they can on the sanctions side. now they're trying diplomacy. i think he's going to make a pitch to the prime minister. give me the time and the space to work with the p-5 plus 1 to see if we can work out
, the refugee crisis, and president obama got quite pointed when he talked about the risk inside syria of muslims extremists taking over and possibly getting their hands on the syrian army's vast arsenal of weapons. >> i am very concerned about syria becoming an enclave for extremists because extremists thrive in chaos. they thrive in failed states. they thrive in power vacuums. >> it's going to take longer to figure out what happened in the fallout of his visit to israel. one very positive thing that the israelis are thanking the president for is helping renew the friendship with turkey, which had been on ice for a couple of years. evidently president obama in the last minutes of his visit was able to organize a call to the israeli prime minister and the leader of turkey in which the israelis apologized for the deaths of turkish in the flotilla incident. on the ground right now, secretary of state john kerry has stayed behind to see if he can turn good words into good deeds between the israelis and palestinians. he's here trying to get the israelis and palestinians to agree on terms t
a little bit more about syria. and we heard both president obama and netanyahu reference the changing region. let me ask you about your -- your thoughts on arming the rebels. should we or what might happen to get us to that point. what do you imagine these conversations over syria are going to be like? >> this creeping incrementalism that we have engaged in over syria is for all intents and purposes is not going to really change the equation on the ground. we have so marginalized ourselves with respect to the events on the ground in syria. the rule and reason that the united states could comply is more or less dissipated. most are furious at the united states for not doing enough, depending on which side you talk to and which group you can wind up talking to. and so this debate, there's a dysfunction dysfunctionalty. almost an incomprehensible gulf between the debate here in the united states about arming the rebels and the fact that there are 70,000 people dead already, hundreds of thousands who are refugees, and most of the syrians who are sitting in those refugee camps will never g
. >>> president barack obama flew to jordan today. he and kim abdullah made an appearance. they said the confident that the leader would collapse. and that syria could be an onkhraeuf for extremism. after that the president's middle east tour is set to wrap up tomorrow after a viceit to the city of petra. now trending, two georgia teenagers are under arrest in a shocking crime that is drawing national headlines tonight. sherry west says she was approached by the teens yesterday asking for money. she said she did not have any. then she says one of the teens shot her in the leg and then shot and killed her 13-month- old son in a stroller. today, the police announced the rest of a 17-year-old boy and a 14-year-old in this crime. you can find the unedited police news conference on the ktvu web site under the world news tab. >> north dakota lawmakers passed a bill that would end abortions in that state. the measure defies human life, -- defines human life at starting at conception. abortion right advocates say it would violate the roe vs wade ruling. ark pworgz is legal until a fet us and viable, thoug
headquarters at 12:00 p.m. eastern. president obama is in jordan tonight. the latest stop on a middle east tour dominated by threats involving iran and syria. refugees are pouring in to jordan. chief white house correspondent ed henry traveling with the president and reports tonight from ahman. >> with the sun setting on president obama's first foreign trip of his second term it was a majestic arrival in jordan for talks with a pivotal u.s. ally on mideast peace. this is the nation racked by turmoil as king abdullah has seep a flood of syrian refugees stream across the border and decimate the economy. >> this is behind us. we have to roll up our sleeves. it will be a bumpy and difficult road. >> for the second time on this trip, the president expressed frustration when a reporter suggested that the u.s. is not doing enough on syria. >> the united states often finds itself in a situation where if it goes in militarily, it's criticized for it. if it doesn't, people say why aren't you doing something militarily? >> president is prodded on by carl levin who called for active approach to take out pr
in additional aid, and mr. obama also pushed back at some criticisms of why the u.s. has not intervened militarily in syria. take a listen. >> you know, i think it's fair to say that the united states often finds itself in a situation where if it goes in militarily it's criticized, and if it doesn't go in militarily, then people say why aren't you doing something militarily? and, you know, my response at this stage is to make sure that what we do contributes to bringing an end to the bloodshed as quickly as possible. >> reporter: the president should be back in the u.s. just shy of midnight tonight, but while mr. obama heads home, secretary of state john kerry is remaining in the region. he has a pair of meetings today, one of them with the palestinian president mahmoud abbas. that's taking place in jordan. another one that will take place over dinner with the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu of israel. just another signal of just how important this issue is to the administration as they're showing once again their commitment to try to revive these peace talks. alex? >> all right, pet
alert. there's new information tonight about the suspect use of chemical weapons in syria. house intelligence committee share mike rogers saying there is a high probability to believe that chemical weapons were used, but as there's still no final verification. now, earlier today the obama administration saying it has no evidence of chemical weapons used in syria. former u.n. ambassador john bolton joins us. good evening, sir. >> glad to be with you. >> greta: why the confusion? i can see maybe confusion who used the chemical weapons, but why the uncertainty whether chemical weapons are used in syria? >> it depends on what the nature of the chemical weapon is. i'm not sure if we've got people on the ground who can do forensics. >> although chairman rogers, and indeed dianne feinstein chairman of the senate intelligence committee late today have gonna lot further than the white house has. so i think we need to get the facts straight, but it points in the direction of some chemical weapons used. was it the assad regime or the opposition? >> and this is a huge difference if it's chem
, there is no punishment assad of syria using chemical weapons. obama said same thing about iran, north korea, no ex-nukes for you guys. what does that mean? if his credibility is zero because he hasn't stood by the red line i think that is problem. the problem is the rest of the world using chemicals. bill: how you interpret that if you're leading some other nations in the region either you have them or want to have them. one more question. >> yeah. bill: it appears over the past seven days and i think this paralleled to president obama's trip to israel that this story moved at a level it has not moved before. >> absolutely. bill: senator kerry in iraq and afghanistan with iran sandwiched between the two of them. do you get the sail sense and if so are with is it going? >> i think it is speeding up, whatever happens in syria i don't think it will drag on for another two years. the problem with it once assad leaves and it collapses, it gets worse. it doesn't get better. there are a lot of our militias, there are democratic pro-democracy guys and islamic rad kls and al qaeda elements in the groups. t
in syria said it will be helpful in bringing an end to the war. >>> president barack obama is scheduled to meet with israel's prime minister to focus on iran's nuclear program. as kyla campbell reports from the washington d.c. newsroom, talks from iran are stepping up the pursuit of nuclear weapons, kyla? >> reporter: little progress is expected on peace talks between israel and iran but president barack obama and bet washington nationals could come to -- bet -- prime minister benjamin netanyahu said president barack obama is taking the lead on how u.s. will respond to iran's threats and that's because the u.s. is israel's strongest ally and iran could have a nuclear weapon to use in the next few months and they believe it could not happen for another year which could form more peace talks. he wants to talk about peace. >> to speak directly to the people of israel and to neighbors... >> reporter: the president is meeting with israel and the two will hold a news conference. live in washington kyla campbell ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> the 15-year-old girl from pakistan who was shot i
situation in syria and in the region. this was a vital important moment for president obama, both to reassure the israeli people that we are their most vital ally, that we have an unshakeable relationship but also to urge forward a peace process that could help stabilize the region. >> dr. brzezinski, off of what senator coons just said, we have this decades old issue of trying to come up with a peace settlement within israel. yet, right now, the area, the fuses around israel so volatile and fast burning. syria, jordan, iran, egypt. talk about the degree of difficulty at this moment of trying to put a peace package together within israel. >> you know, the difficulty is that when there is no unrest and danger on the outside, there is no sense of urgency that peace is needed. when there is unrest and danger outside, the argument is peace is premature. so, in the end, you end up with no peace. what you have to ask one's self is this -- will israel endure if the united states is driven out of that region? will israel endure if the region becomes really radicalized, extremists and perh
reality a dream. >>> right now on "andrea mitchell reports" -- president obama is in jordan for the final stop on his middle east tour. the focus today, the flood of refugees escaping the civil war in neighboring syria. before arriving in jordan, the president spent the morning touring some of the region's cultural landmarks, including the graves of theodore hertzel, the father of modern zionism and yi itzak rabin. >> this accounting of horror is yet a source of hope. for here we learn we are never powerless, in our lives we always have choices, to succomb to our worst instincts or submit to the better angels of our nature. >>> at home, background checks are in, where is the senate gun bill headed now. in three years after the landmark health care law, republicans still refuse give up the fight. >>> let's repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. >> coming up, health and human services kathleen sebelius, with a reality check on where the law stands today. >>> and new jersey's tough-talking governor faces a tough crowd of his own, a class f
in the capital of amman before the president and the king went inside to discuss the conflict in syria and the 400,000 refugee whose have fled across the border to jordan. because of that we were monitoring a news conference president obama just wrapped up and he offered $200,000 in aid -- $200 million in aid to jordan. he went to the bible birth christ of jesus christ and got a look at the barricades that keep the palestinians from the west bank. he noted they need to do more to bring lasting security. >> no wall is high enough to stop every enemy. >> in his push for peace with palestinians, the president spoke to 600 israeli students using his only major speech on the middle east speech to ask for compassion. >> meteorologist, mike nicco, and the bay area forecast. >> a lot of sunshine. can you see from the east bay hills, it is a gorgeous-looking day with nice sunsets coming if you are headed to the beaches but take a heavier coat because it will be cooler than the rest us that will see warmer-than-average temperatures and another chance of rain next week. i will tell you when it ge
-automatic weapons. meanwhile breaking news in syria. chemical weapons in the passive civil war. this as president obama is on his way to the region tonight on his first visit to israel and the west bank since he became president and as 55 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in battle scenes all over iraq on the 10th anniversary of shock and awe. i want to bring in at the start of this from cnn, life in iraq, arwa damon. another terrible day in baghdad. the anniversary of george bush's announcement that america was at war with iraq. 55 people killed. more than 200 wounded. very hard to see that there is anything but chronic instability and continued hideous bloodshed there. what is your take? >> it's such a tragedy really the way things have unfolded in iraq. just looking at iraqi faces, seeing how pale they had become. we are hearing after one attack after another. people's voices actually began trembling. this is violence that, first of all, the iraqis never even imagined would end up being the outcome of america's war in iraq. so many of them hoped and dreamed they would have true free
on the standoff. plus, president obama responds to syrian chemical weapons claims on his first state trip to israel. >> our alliance is eternal. it is forever. >> it's a region surrounded by threats and instability. in iran, in egypt. in syria. we have been clear that the use of chemical weapons against the syrian people would be a serious and tragic mistake. >> tonight, talk of red line, deadline and how to handle some nasty neighbors. colorado's prison. murdered in his home. >> it was a 911 call that came from the residence from the family member. >> shepard: this t. comes as the governor signs tough new gun control laws. tonight, a killing and a controversy. >> shepard: but first from fox this wednesday night, the president comes during tense times in a region that offensive dances on the brink of war. and it comes as iran works towards a nuclear weapon. and as we try to determine whether the government of syria has already deployed chemical weapons against its own people. because, in the words of our president, that would be a game changer. >> we have to make sure that we know exactly
president obama's view in terms of military engagement? we talk about syria a lot and there's some thinking, there's some wisdom out there that he doesn't want to get involved there because he understands what a quote-unquote quagmire it can be to get involved in a situation where there is no clear end point. >> well i think first of all, he's the commander-in-chief because of that decision. we, we forget because by the time we came into office in 2009, it was all about the economy. but the animating event really for three years, leading up to that election, was iraq. i definitely think, i think it is, i think it will have a huge impact, it has on this commander-in-chief and will have on future commanders in chief. because they understand that without some popular support, it's hard to go about doing -- a lot of military action. without some broad popular support among people to do something like this, there's very little taste to park tens of thousands of people in a place like syria. that even though it's important, has less of a connection to folks here at home. they understand now proba
: later this week, president obama travels to israel, the west bank and jordan. iran, syria, and reviving the middle east peace process will be high on the agenda. the president faces challenges bridging differences between israelis and palestinians, and fractures within both camps. we'll examine those divisions tonight and tomorrow night. jeffrey brown begins with israel's new government. brown: in jerusalem today, workers literally rolled out the red carpet as part of a final preparations ahead of president obama's trip to the region. at the same time, israel's new coalition government was itself installed. led again by prime minister benjamin netanyahu but including new key players. its formation took weeks of negotiations after netanyahu won re-election in january's parliamentary elections. a victory accompanied by the surprisingly strong second-place finish of yair lapid. today netanyahu had to say about his new government stance on relations with the palestinians. >> with a palestinian partner who is willing to conduct negotiations in good faith, israel will be prepared for historic
minister netanyahu be asking of the united states in terms of ending the on flikt in syria? >> well, first of all, the president, president obama's, credibility is very, very critical. they is said from the white house podium that any use from the chemical weapons would be a red line. presumably this would be the trigger for more american involvement. as you know, craig, u.s. has been behind other allies, britain and france pressing on the u.s. to do more. we have done human. aid, nonlethal aid, helped to the combatance, but not what they have been pleading for. which is more weaponry. so there's a lot of pressure on the white house to become more involved in syria. this is skoesten shl because they have to wonder about what will follow the civil war. if assad is going to fall, will it be another vacuum like the vk um that has taken place, leading to huge securityish a us in egypt next door. egypt has a government. not entirely functioning government but it hasn't cancelled the historic peace treaty with israel. but security situation in egypt is collapsing all around it and that is the re
equipment, during the human rights crisis. inlight of russia's policy syria, i believe the obama administration's string of concessions to moscow must stop. i wanted to hear your thoughts on the rebels, and what will we do with countries that are helping syria? >> with respect to the rebels and who they are, i divide them into two categories. oppositionlitical and military opposition. both are not entirely unified, although, on the political side, the coalition that shows the prime minister yesterday, they are more and more unified. they have representatives from inside and outside the country. on the armed opposition side, they have established a supreme military command headed by a man whom i have met several times. he has said to us and others that he will respect a political deal worked out by the political opposition. he does not perceive that the threat -- the free syrian army should have a political role in the future of syria. to be very frank, that is one of the reasons we decided to provide direct food and medical assistance to his command to help him within the context
and the u.s., winding down the war in afghanistan and dealing with tensions in iraq, syria, and the middle east. >> ifill: then, we update the movement on immigration reform, as president obama uses a citizenship ceremony to prod congress to send him a bill. >> woodruff: we have two economic stories from abroad. margaret warner examines the last-minute financial rescue for cyprus. >> ifill: and ray suarez reports on ireland's comeback after the global recession. >> suarez: rather than wait around for the return of jobs that may never come back, thousands of irish are starting their own businesses. >> woodruff: plus, jeffrey brown talks to the co-authors of a new book about murder, murderers, and the death penalty at the supreme court. >> we're both intrigued by the stories behind those crimes. there are human beings, victims, perpetrators, families. we take it literally from the scene of the crime to the court. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >>
starts now.president obama is in the middle east. tackling issues ranging from iranian nukes, to syria's (arrival music) iran's nuclear threats. syria's chemical weapons the stalled israeli=palestinian peace process. grant lodes is here to show us what's happened so far. >> well if the goal was to win over skeptical israelis, he is off to a good start. what the country's oldest newspaper calls the president's "all=out, guns blazing, no=holds barred charm offensive" began as soon as the dooropened on air force one. >> how are you. >> good to see you >> thank you so much. >> reporter: a live lapel mike allowed the world to listen in as the president joked with israel's prime minister. >> obama: "it was good. it was good." >> netanyahu: "get to rest for these next two days." >> obama: ".get away from congress." netanyahu: the president's first official word on israeli soil: peace as defined by israel means a willingness to go to war to keep iran from developing nuclear weapons. >> "in order to stop iran's program peacefully diplomacy must be augment by clear threat of military action." >>
underway if syria, seriously, is using chemical weapons or has but some law make he is -- lawmakers here say it is clear they did. president obama says this would be a game-changer. general jack keane is here with his take on this growing crisis. >> you have a government that we believe and we have solid information, by the way the international community believes this, has chemical weapons. has put them in a position to be used on short notice, and i believe, there's a high probability has been used with that whole body over the last two years. hey, our salads. [ bop ] [ bop ] [ bop ] you can do that all you want, i don't like v8 juice. [ male announcer ] how about v8 v-fusion. a full serving of vegetables, a full serving of fruit. but what you taste is the fruit. so even you... could've had a v8. heather: well france's former president charged with breaking his nation's campaign finance laws and taking advantage of a person in poor health. now the alleged victim is france's richest woman by the way. the 90-year-old heiress to the l'oreal cosmetics empire. former president nicolas sarko
. >> president obama this afternoon meets with jordan king, a key ally and the violence in syria will be at the top of agenda. >> we continue to follow the two big breaking traffic stories we have, including a body on 280 and boulders on 101 causing problems. >> triggering sig-alerts. >> that is right, two separate sig-alerts, and sky 7 h.p.d. is over the waldo grade in sausalito area with boulders and extensive damage to at least five cars which are now towed away. hopefully, something will be done about the right lanes but c.h.p. is afraid the hillside is not stable so they could keep them off limits for the commute. southbound 101 is jamming through the waldo tunnel so the alternates around this, golden gate ferries are a great way do go through sausalito and avoid the area altogether and take the richmond-san rafael bridge. in san jose there was an early fatal accident blocking the two right lanes southbound 280, you can see traffic is getting by but it is continuing to be slow as the commute is underway in earnest this morning and an investigation is ongoing here and the alt
alliance with egypt. obama does not have the ability. >> sean: jordan may not be far behind and syria is going the muslim brotherhood. >> he was most tossed out president in american-israel relations and before the election and same is true today. he didn't set the reset button on this trip. it was embarrassing and refused to go to the parliament to address the officials. it's self-styled and hand picked group of students and young people and he told them to ignore their elected representatives that somehow risk a verse and their parents who have some sort to overcome the legacy of mistrust. to tell holocaust descendants there is no healthy reason for skepticism is embarrassing and wrong. >> sean: ryan. >> let me give you an idea how little the current administration knows about the muslim brotherhood. they are celebrating the fact that the syrian rebels chose as the interim prime minister as an american, but this guy is tied to the u.s. muslim brotherhood. and u.s. ambassador for syria and the syrian brotherhood backed this individual and they said i don't know what his political aff
of president obama's discussions with the king tonight and tomorrow along with the crisis in neighboring syria. >> let's talk about syria. let's start request the fact that i think 450,000 syrians have fled to jordan. and jordan's having some economic difficulties. what's that conversation between the president and king abdullah likely to be like? >> there will be the huge humanitarian crisis that jordan is facing. but politically, the king and the president face some common ground here. king abdullah is very concerned that the syrian rebels if they take over would, would establish a far more sort of conservative sunni muslim government that would be potentially in league with forces in his country that are seeking to topple the monarchy, so could create some destabilizing factors in his country. certainly the concern about who those rebels are and what sort of government they would form is a concern shared by the obama administration. at the same time, both president obama and king abdullah have called for president assad to accept down and have made it clear that they don't see much of a fut
room." >>> jake, thanks very much. happening now, breaking news. were chemical weapons used in syria in recent days? the first u.s. assessment is just in. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr, right in the middle of president obama's visit to israel iran's supreme leader makes a chilling new threat. and did the u.s. secret service accidently fire a shotgun near iran's president when he was in new york? and why did iran keep it quiet all these years? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. >>> let's begin with the breaking news. the stakes couldn't be higher. president obama has warned use of chemical weapons by syria would be a game changer, his words. the u.s. has been investigating words of chemical attacks. now the first assessment shows that chemical weapons were apparently not used. let's go straight to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. what's the latest? what are you learning? >> reporter: wolf, i've been talking to officials all day and they tell me the initial preliminary intelligence assessment is this. chemical weapons were not used. a chemical substance
on president obama's trip to the region live from jerusalem. >>> the united nations is going to launch an investigation into whether chemical weapons were indeed used in syria. both the syrian regime and the opposition asked the u.n. to look into the claim. >> the demand came after both sides accused each other of firing chemical weapons on tuesday. opposition groups insist rebels don't have access to such material. >> and u.s. officials saying they welcome the move. >>> first up, north korea's new and threatening message. pyongyang warning today it has the capability to strike u.s. bases in guam and japan. >> matthew chance joining us now from seoul, south korea. matthew, is this north korea's typical bluster or something more ominous here? >> it's really difficult to say, fredricka, because it's such an unpredictable regime. but what we do know is these threats are being made all the time now. there's a lot of tension that's been growing on the korean peninsula, tension that is being fueled by the statement that are increasingly coming out of pyongyang. barely a day can pass it seems
potentially at even more horrific scenes we already seen in syria and the international community have to act on that additional information. >> president obama and prime minister netanyahu appear to be getting along as well as they ever have. their position on iran seems to be aligning more than in the past. they agree iran is a year away from obtaining a nuclear weapon. >> i am absolutely convinced that the president is determined to prevent iran from getting illegal will nuclear weapons. >> there's not a lot of daylight between our country's assessments in terms of where iran is right now. >> the president has a lot of meetings. he will be the guest of honor at an official dinner. >> peter doocy in washington. thank you so much, peter. >> it is time for your 5@5:30. top five stories making news at this hour outrage this morning that a suspected member of al qaeda plot to do kill american troops was secretly being prosecut prosecuted. adam haroon has been charged in civilian court noting to kill u.s. diplomats in nigeria. he was extradited here last year. leaders are live individual the oba
question. let's look ahead to tomorrow when the president will be traveling to jordan. president obama has been very care wfl the u.s. involvement in syria but jordan is of course the country dealing with the syrian refugee crisis. more than 450,000 syrians have fled to jordan so far. what do you expect to come out of tomorrow's meeting with king abdullah? >> well, king abdullah is a key player in the middle east. jordan has always been helpful to middle east peace process. i think again, a reinforcement of an already strong relationship, countries like jordan help with the syrian issue on refugees. you have to keep jordan involved because they can be very constructive. again, their relationship is good. but being in the region, not going to jordan, especially with the syrian situation exploding, is not a good sign. so the president has covered his bases. he's been to the palestinian authority. a very strong trip and israel's symbolism, personal connection with bibi, laying out new policy. and then with the king of jordan, going more into regional issues like syria and iran makes a lot of
but wants to attack iran and syria so if they attack us hear we don't have the right to bear arms under the obama administration. >> we need more robust form policy we need assault weapons. >> you don't think so? okay. all right. >> i agree with angela. >> thank you, james. lou: i agree with both of you. i don't see how you reconcile that. if you for your terrorism we're told by homeland security that there are already agents of al qaeda working. why would you not want to make certain all citizens were armed and prepared? that would be the same rights of israelis citizens. >> quite a number of terrorist attacks in israel. lou: i do suggesting we should have lesser rights? >> we are both stable democracies. lou: net was not the question. should we have to commend the question was the same. >> budget israelis have uzi. >> bet stricter than chicago. >> boom. lou: you are taking up my puppy time. up next a couple of very cute friends join us to celebrate national puppy day. i love those puppies. next. protect youramily... and launch your dreams. at legalzoom.com we put the law on your side.
" david ignatius and kathleen parker. helene cooper and michael crowley. first up, what does barack obama know what we don't know pledging to use american power against iran and getting more deeply involved in syria? the american mood when it comes to using force feels like 1915, the end of vietnam. after that war, reluctance to commit power abroad was called vietnam syndrome. then came desert storm in 1991 and the first george bush told us that the lightning victory there had banished vietnam wearyness. >> it's a proud day for america and by god, we have kicked the vietnam syndrome once and for all. chris: after the second george bush launched two long wars, many feel war wearyness like against vietnam. against the wearyness, how should we take this week's statements from this president on veryia and iran? >> we are clear that the use of chemical weapons against the syrian people would be a serious and tragic mistake and i will repeat, all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting
obama went to jerusleum and said they would always be here for them. >>> the united nations said it will report three chemical weapons attacks. say that are studying video coming out of syria showing patients being treated. the cia is always said to be using satellite imagery. both sides deny using them. >>> tucked away inside a cell, on the rock. i could think of better places to be. tonight we take you back to alcatraz 50 years to the day. the cell doors closed. >>> and a lengthy battle, find out why neighbors are so elated to find it reduced to rubble and who's fitting the bill. >>> back here in just a minute, we've got some clouds to talk about. how they will impact your weekend. sofa... desk... you know what? why don't you go get some frozen yogurt. i got this. you're so sweet. you got this, right? i do got this. let us get everything off the shelf, and to your home. sofa... desk... you know what? why don't you go get some frozen yogurt. i got this. you're so sweet. you got this, right? i do got this. let us get everything off the shelf, and to your home. . >>> there's a lot
? >> well, that's right. but think about what obama's the attitude has been towards the middle east in the first term of the presidency. the libyan intervention, he brought up the rear after the europeans went in first. we have syria now completely blowing apart and the president has kept the syrian rebels at arm's length for nearly two years and he shows up and tells the israelis that they should take a risk for peace in the middle east when he's been-- the president holding the region at arm's length. >> paul: you're saying a credibility problem he's going to have with the israelis. >> absolutely. >> paul: they've seen four years and not going to buy it. on the other hand, he tried to appeal, bret, to the israelis self-interest, with the demographic, you have to come to an agreement if you want to survive in the region. >> that's right, in theory, that's right. in 20, 25 years israel will face a demographic problem. in the here and now egypt is under the control of the muslim brotherhood. you don't know what's going to happen in syria or in lebanon. the future of jordan where the
still, but there were options on the table. barack obama said in a recent interview that they would have time for that. >> what about the middle east peace process? is it on hold with the focus instead very much on iran and syria? >> one of the main topics of the press conference was a wrong, and it to yahoo made an interesting statement -- and netanyahu made an interesting statement about israel having the right to defend itself. barack obama says he is going tomorrow to talk with president abbas and that they were looking for steps to possibly get this peace process back on track. >> thank you so very much. government leaders in cyprus are in crisis talks as they scramble to hammer out a plan be to save the island nation from bankruptcy. in an earlier setback, the finance minister failed to reach progress after two rounds of talks in moscow and assistance from russia. >> the cabinet is also looking at ways to prevent iran on the banks and limit capital from the country following a failed bid to lead the private accounts. banks will remain closed on thursday and friday. we will be heari
. president obama meeting today with israeli prime minister netanyahu repeating his warning that syria would be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons, quote, or their transfer to terrorists. the stakes obviously cannot be higher for making the right call. joining us tonight is chief national correspondent john king who is traveling with president obama in israel. also fran townsend, former homeland security adviser in the bush 43 administration, cre currently on the advisory committee and former cia officer, bob bear. this video we just showed from the assad regime, shown on syrian state television. want to show it again. it's supposedly a victim suffering from a chemical weapons attack. no one shows any physical signs of injury, no con vumgss, no vomiting. three experts say that judging from what they see here, this doesn't seem like a chemical weapons attack. knowing what you know about these type of agents and their effect on humans, do you agree? >> you know, it's difficult to tell without examining the patients. and you need sophisticated equipment to do that. a lot of the sy
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ancient city of petra. mr. obama said he is concerned about extremists filling the void in neighboring syria if president assad is overthrown. he also said he will, quote, keep plugging away, unquote, in hopes of restarting peace talks between israel and the palestinians. >>> and lawmakers in north dakota have passed what could lead to the most restricted abortion law in the nation. they passed a resolution that says life begins at conception essentially banning all abortions. voters will next decide next year if they want to add that to the state constitution. if it were to pass, that law would almost certainly trigger a lengthy legal battle. >>> and a frightening scene in a restaurant in philadelphia, pennsylvania. police are asking for help trying to find this gunman firing into a chinese restaurant earlier this week. the workers inside managed to fight back keeping the man from entering the store while dodging imagine this bullets. three wounded. none of the injuries is considered life-threatening. >>> and now to that storm that ginger was telling us about that wreaked havoc at a s
territories and jordan while a reinvigorated peace process is one goal, more pressing concerns for the obama white house are the threats from iran and the effect of the relentless bloodshed in syria. we want to begin with some analysis about the president's trip this morning with our chief foreign correspondent richard engel back from the region. he is in new york this morning. i have david brooks of "the new york times" and e.j. dionne with me in washington. richard, let me start with you. the president called on israel to renew efforts to the creation of a palestinian state. he helped restore the israeli/turkish relationship. so what else do you think he can return with that he can actually build upon? >> reporter: well, i think the reconciliation between turkey and israel is something that's very important because i wouldn't see the chances right now of an israeli/palestinian reconciliation but i do think the middle east recognizes that there are urgent regional matters as syria implodes that the region needs to have some sort of summit and turkey is going to play a big part of that. so i
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